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Coyote pups, ducklings saved from Escondido storm drains

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Posted at 4:11 PM, Apr 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-26 19:11:55-04

ESCONDIDO, Calif. (KGTV) - San Diego Humane Society officers found themselves rooting through storm drains this week to save wild animals.

Four coyote pups and 11 ducklings were saved in separate rescues in Escondido, city officials tweeted.

Humane Society officers found the coyotes at N. Upas Street and Caroline Way Apr. 20, said spokesman Dariel Walker.

“There was concern that they may have fallen more than 7 feet to reach the area where they were found,” Walker said.

The pups were taken to Project Wildlife and given fluids and fuel. They were transferred to the Fund for Animals Wildlife Center, according to Walker.

Two days later, a good Samaritan found the ducklings in a storm drain at Hickory Street and Valley Parkway.

The mother duck was weaving in traffic and eventually flew away, Walker said.

Public Works crews removed the storm drain and manhole covers. A worker crawled through the tunnel to push the ducklings to another worker waiting with a net at the end.

The ducklings appear to be in good condition, said Walker.